New data reveals that South Africa has in excess of one million domestic workers, accounting for more than 8% of the total workforce of the country.
The report, the National and provincial labour market, Youth Q1:2008-Q1:2015 found that at national level, the vast majority of employed youth have either semi-skilled (53.1% in 2015) or low-skilled occupations (29.2%).
A relatively low proportion have skilled positions (17.7%).
Elementary jobs dominate the occupational profile of both youth and adults, accounting in 2015 for one in every four jobs among youth (25.4%) and one in every five (21.8%) among adults.
Sales occupations rank second among both youth and adults, but this occupation accounts for a larger share of employment among youth (19.1% in 2015) compared to adults (13.6%).
Over the period 2008 – 2015, among youth, the largest decline in occupational shares occurred among craft workers while for adults it occurred among technicians, StatsSA said.
South Africa’s unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2015 was at its highest level since 2003, Statistics SA reported in May.
The results of the first quarter showed that the working age population was 35.8 million, which included 15.5 million employed, 5.5 million unemployed and 14.8 million not economically active.